Today I learned of Battle of Plassey where Bengali army chief Mir Jafar betrayed the Nawab of Bengal after being promised he would be the new ruler. British victory in Plassey, where they annexed Bengal. allowed them to kick the French and the Dutch out of India and establish Company Rule in India and Myanmar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
One of the longest running civil wars in the world is the Karen Conflict, which has been going on since 1949 between the Burmese/Myanmar government and the Karen minority nationalists in Karen State, Myanmar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
To call a waiter’s attention at a restaurant in Myanmar you should make a kissing sound two or three times. cnn.com/travel/article/my…
Liberia, Myanmar and the United States of America are the only 3 countries not using the metric system. zmescience.com/other/map-…
In the northeast Indian state of Manipur, separatist movements have banned mainstream Indian culture like Bollywood. This has led many youth to take to K-pop instead, largely through pirated copies smuggled from Myanmar. Korean phrases are also becoming increasingly common in the local dialect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-p…
There is an ethnic group called the Karen people or Karens. About 7 million of them live in Myanmar, and about 8500 in Minnesota. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Today I learned of the Great Bell of Dhammazedi, probably the largest bell to ever have been forged. Weighting a total of 297 tons it was lost in Myanmar's Yangon river when looted by Portuguese adventurers. It's still missing, despite many attempts to locate it in the muddy river bottom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In June 2013, a fossil analysis discovered a large lizard in Myanmar. The extinct reptile was given the moniker Barbaturex morrisoni in honor of Morrison. "This is a king lizard, and he was the lizard king, so it just fit," said Jason Head, a paleontologist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
The dictator of Burma (Myanmar) was obsessed with numerology. He removed 50 Kyat and 100 Kyat banknotes from circulation. Replaced them with 45 Kyat and 90 Kyat banknotes. The economic instability which followed led to a coup d'ΓͺtΓ‘t in 1988. alternative-science.org/n…
In 1945 Myanmar, 900 Imperial Japanese soldiers crossed through 10 miles of mangrove swamps that contained saltwater crocodiles in an attempted retreat from the Royal Navy. Less than 500 Japanese soldiers are known to have reached the end of those swamps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar. The one-of-a-kind discovery helps put flesh on the bones of these extinct creatures, opening a new window on the biology of a group that dominated Earth for more than 160 million years. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Myanmar doesn't use the metric or imperial system. They use their own unique system- for example, 1 kawtha=1.28 km or 0.79 mi and 1 peittha=1.63 kg or 3.60 lb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mya…
Coca Cola is banned in Cuba and North Korea because of Trade Regulations and started being sold again in Myanmar (Burma) after 60 years in 2012. bbc.com/news/magazine-195…
The words "Burma" and "Myanmar" have the same origin and meaning, and the current government does not care which one people use scmp.com/news/asia/southe…
In 1953 that Austrian Inge Sargent married a Prince from Burma (Myanmar), but he didn't tell her he was a Prince until they sailed back to Burma and were greeted at the docks by hundreds of well-wishers. myhero.com/hero.asp?hero=…
The United States isn't the only country to use the Imperial system, both Liberia and Myanmar also use Imperial as their official unit of measurement worldpopulationreview.com…
Instead of making a film about Iraq or Darfur, Stallone made Rambo 4 (2008) about "lesser-known" Myanmar military atrocities reuters.com/article/us-st…
Myanmar is the kindest nation in the world, beating out Indonesia and Kenya. In 2017, 91% of Myanmar residents gave money to charity, 53% said that they had helped a stranger, and 51% claimed that they had volunteered in their community. telegraph.co.uk/travel/ma…
In addition to the United States, Burma (Myanmar) and Liberia are the only countries that haven’t converted to the metric system (although the US does use parts of it). mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Myanmar dictators keep making disastrous decisions because of their belief in numerology β€” from relocating the capital to blowing up the national economy overnight asiasentinel.com/econ-bus…
Myanmar (Burma) doesn't use the metric system, but it doesn't use the imperial system either, instead, they have their own system of measurement called the Burmese system en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mya…
In 1986 the Burmese dictator Ne Win replaced the base 10 currency of Myanmar with one based on multiples of 9, his lucky number, causing many people's life savings to become worthless. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ne_…
In 1987, Myanmar lowered its official literacy rate from 79% to 19% in order to qualify for least developed country status to receive UN debt relief. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mya…
A NZ citizen was imprisoned inside one of the world's harshest prisons in Myanmar for over a year because he posted an image of Buddha with headphones on his Facebook page. nowtolove.co.nz/news/real…
Today I learned of the term "Indo-China"/"Indochinese Peninsula" for referring to Mainland Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Thailand, peninsular Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam). The term emphasises the cultural influence of the Indian civilization and Chinese civilization on the region. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mai…
The leader of Myanmar (formerly Burma) was advised by a wizard that his country was leaning too far to the left, politically. To remedy this, he forced the population to drive on the right side of the road, causing mass confusion. lowyinterpreter.org/post/…
Poachers in Myanmar are killing elephants not for ivory but for their thick skin, some of which is dried and turned into red beads. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Anderson Cooper, soon after graduating college, forged a press pass and gained entrance to Myanmar to meet with students fighting the Burmese government. He was ultimately able to sell his home-made news segments to Channel One, launching his journalism career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Myanmar changed from driving on the left to the right, on the advice of a wizard. In 1970. worldstandards.eu/cars/tr…
A Civil War has been Ongoing In Myanmar Since April 2, 1948, almost the length of the country's existance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Today I learned of the "Golden Triangle" - a term coined by the CIA to describe Thailand, Laos & Myanmar. This region produces among the most opium & heroin in the world & controlled by the Triad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
On 1985 and on 1987, the then dictator of Burma (today Myanmar) Ne Win demonetised banknotes based on numerology (removing 50/100 kyat banknotes and adding 75/45/90 kyat banknotes without previous warning). The resulting economical instability led to a coup d'ΓͺtΓ‘t on 1988. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Richard Thorns traveled to Myanmar 6 times in search of a duck with a pink head. atlasobscura.com/articles…
According to the World Giving Index, the joint top most charitable nations in the world are the United States... and Myanmar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
A former dictator of of Myanmar thought 9 was his lucky number, so decreed that all currency denominations not divisible by 9 no longer had value, devastating the savings of much of the population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ne_…
A fossil analysis discovered a lizard, one of the largest ever known, in Myanmar. The extinct reptile was given the moniker Barbaturex morrisoni in honor of Jim Morrison of The Doors. "This is a king lizard, and [Morrison] was the lizard king, so it just fit." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/01/…
The only countries using an electoral college system include: Burundi, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Myanmar, Pakistan, Trinidad and Tobago and Vanuatu. And the United States Electoral College is the ONLY current example of a system in which an executive president is indirectly elected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Myanmar and Liberia are actively moving towards metrication, leaving the US as the sole country on the planet unwilling to adopt it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
A New Zealand man was sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison in Myanmar for posting on Facebook a psychedelic depiction of Buddha wearing headphones - to promote cheap drinks at his bar. news.com.au/world/philip-…
North Korea had rice-for-arms barter arrangement with Myanmar 38north.org/2017/08/myanm…
The USA, Liberia and Myanmar are the only countries in the world that haven't adopted the metric system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Myanmar changed from driving on the left to the right, on the advice of a wizard. In 1970. worldstandards.eu/cars/tr…
America is one of only three countries that don't use the Metric System. The other two are Liberia and Myanmar (Burma). geekologie.com/2011/03/co…
The Simpsons Movie is banned in Myanmar due to an edict banning the usage of the colors red and yellow in film latimes.com/world/la-fg-m…
Burma (Myanmar) dictator demonetised its currency and replaced it with notes of denominations divisible by 9 because it is his lucky number, wiping out savings and starting an uprising in the 1980s. theguardian.com/news/2002…
- In Myanmar, most items must be payed using cash. The bills must be clean. Ripped or imperfect bills will usually be rejected. If they are accepted, they will be accepted at a reduced rate. In return, you get crummy and creased bills nytimes.com/2015/06/20/wo…
In February 2016, North Korean citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 42 countries and territories, ranking the North Korean passport 95th in the world (tied with Burundi and Myanmar) according to the Visa Restrictions Index. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
They pickle tea leaves in Myanmar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lah…
The Rohingya people in Myanmar are constantly persecuted and constantly denied citizenship since the enactment of a 1982 law that makes it almost impossible for them to gain citizenship in Burma en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…

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